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Shadow of Mordor sequel hinted at in retail listing


Something called Middle-earth: Shadow of War has appeared on Target's online store for pre-order, possibly leaking out a sequel (or successor) to 2014's critically acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The listing shows a launch date of Aug. 22. Two links, one for PlayStation 4 and one for Xbox One (shown), were still active as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. Industry sleuth Wario64 was alerted to it on a tipster and reported it first over Twitter. Polygon has reached out to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for a comment on what's going on here. There are product pages for the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, developed by Monolith, launched in September 2014 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One (and later on PS3 and Xbox 360). Middle-earth:...

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Out of the Park Baseball’s cover contest says the hell with it, vote for 11 guys


Fan-voted covers for sports video games have been a thing for about seven years now, with that trend waning somewhat lately. Few have been as in touch with their community as what Out of the Park Baseball 18 is doing with its. The sports management simulation, which last year acquired group licensing entitling it to every Major League Baseball player's likeness (in addition to all the clubs), is doing an 11-man lineup, with a manager, for its cover. While there are some big namers on the ballot (Manny Machado of Baltimore, Jose Bautista in Toronto, Clayton Kershaw of Los Angeles) it's charming to see rookies like Trea Turner for Washington and Nomar Mazara of Texas among the choices, too. Nine of the 20 players were All-Star selections, so this isn't simply a popularity contest. M...

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Elite: Dangerous ‘predicted’ the discovery of the Trappist-1 system


This week, astronomers announced the discovery of the Trappist 1 system, 39.5 light years away, which contains seven rocky worlds orbiting their star within a zone believed to support liquid water, therefore good candidates for life. It turns out that a while ago, the wide-open spacefaring adventure Elite: Dangerous, through its algorithm, created a system that closely matches the real one, and not only that, put it in the same location relative to our Solar System. Frontier Developments made this discovery itself when it went looking to recreate the Trappist-1 system in the game, as it's done in the past for other discoveries (notably the exploration of Pluto and its satellite in 2015). David Braben, the game's director, explained the game's Stellar Forge engine and how it generates...

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Twitch lets you change your username now


Twitch has made good on its community's most frequent request: Changing one's username. Whether the original one you chose now sucks, or you want to make it consistent with a gamertag on some other service, the choice is yours. The feature was announced yesterday afternoon and immediately went live. The option is found in the Profile Settings page of one's Twitch account. An option to change the username is highlighted beside the existing one. That said, streamers who are concerned about maintaining their statistics should be sure export them prior to changing the name. The Twitch blog noted that in testing out the feature, Twitch discovered that some streamers lost access to their stats. Twitch also pointed out that outdated URLs will not redirect to new account names. So anyone...

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Overwatch’s latest update points to one thing: Doomfist


Big things are happening in the world of Overwatch. A new update that rolled out today on the game’s public test region — aka the PTR, where players can try out upcoming changes to the game — indicates one thing: Something big is happening with Doomfist. Earlier today, Blizzard tweeted out a new teaser image on the official Overwatch Twitter accounts. The image showed a location that Overwatch players are intimately familiar with, the opening spawn area on the Numbani map, only now the airport terminal appears to have been severely damaged. A group of OR15 defense machines appear to have been destroyed by an “unidentified assailant,” according to the tweet. Notably, one of those OR15s appears to have been punched right into a wall. [BREAKING] OR15 defense units destroyed in...

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ZeniMax asks court to halt sales of Oculus products


Publisher ZeniMax Media has made good on its intention to file an injunction against Oculus to stop the sale of Rift and any associated software that infringes upon ZeniMax’s copyrighted code, according to documents filed in Texas court this week. Earlier this month, a Dallas, Texas jury awarded $500 million in damages to ZeniMax after finding that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and by extension Oculus, failed to comply with a non-disclosure agreement. Of that total amount, ZeniMax was awarded $50 million for copyright infringement. Those damages don’t go far enough, ZeniMax lawyers said in a court filing. “The jury’s damage award here, however substantial, is an insufficient incentive for Defendants to cease infringing,” ZeniMax said in court documents. “Just minutes after the jury...

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Northgard is the indie game at the top of the Steam charts right now


It’s been a good couple of weeks for games. For Honor dropped on Valentine’s Day, right on schedule, around the same time as Sniper Elite 4. And, oh yeah, there’s that new Nintendo console on the way. But one little indie game has been able to cut through the chatter to consumers. It’s called Northgard, and the day after its release it was number one on Steam’s top sellers list. So what’s a Northgard? At first glance, the game looks a lot like Banished, a medieval colony simulation game made by a single developer named Luke Hodorowicz. It’s one of my favorite games of the past few years. But Northgard has a lot more going on. First, it’s about Vikings so there’s quite a bit of combat in it. The art style looks a bit like Clash of Clans had a baby with Warcraft 2. But it’s also an...

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Xenonauts 2, original XCOM’s spiritual successor, launches a demo


Xenonauts 2, the sequel to the spiritual successor of the original X-COM: UFO Defense, has quietly released a free demo on GoG.com. You can download it and play it right now. Way back before Firaxis announced it was rebooting the XCOM franchise, a little company called Goldhawk Interactive was doing the same thing. But instead of making something glossy in the Unreal Engine, it went much more old school. The result was the first Xenonauts, a very complex game built with a defiantly two-dimensional art style. Reviews were mixed. For me personally, a huge XCOM and turn-based strategy fan, it was not my jam. Too slow. Too capricious. Xenonauts 2 has been in the works for some time now, and Goldhawk has clearly gotten with the program and upgraded to a fully 3D style. The screenshots below...

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Wartile is gorgeous, back from the dead and coming to Steam next month


Wartile stormed onto Kickstarter less than a year ago, but the campaign was canceled in part due to a lack of funding. Now the small team at Playwood Projects is back with a more complete version of the game, launching on Steam’s Early Access platform March 17. Even more impressive is the fact that even without crowdfunding support, Playwood still got the game ready to meet the delivery date that it originally pitched in its Kickstarter campaign. Wartile is a unique blend of real-time strategy and tabletop miniatures-based gameplay. While the enemy moves and attacks on their own, players click and drag their own game pieces around making attacks. It looks a bit like a sublimely animated version of Battle Chess, with one key difference. The terrain in Wartile is absolutely stunning. F...

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Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer is in Mass Effect: Andromeda


Natalie Dormer, veteran of Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games and Elementary, will play an important role in Mass Effect: Andromeda — as the first person you meet in the galaxy of Andromeda. Dormer’s character is an Asari doctor who goes by the name Lexi T’Perro, and she is the first person to greet the Andromeda’s lead when they wake from the 600 years of cryosleep that got them through the journey to a new galaxy. “Having Lexi, sort of, almost wake you up from your 600-year sleep, and being that first friendly face that you meet ... it was very important that we treat that character in a way that you would find interest in them but also find some compassion as well,” creative director Mac Walters says of the character in one of two videos BioWare released on T’Perro and Dormer today....

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